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Spectacular alpine hiking on holy mountains. Hike the length of the north alps – top hike in Japan! Japan's 'classic' alpine route featuring the notorious. See sunrise from atop Fuji-san or follow a fabled pilgrim trail - we'll show you the best way to do both the famed routes and the backroads.. Download or read Aqualeo's The Book of Lonely Planet Hiking in Japan (Travel Guide), by click link below MORE DESCRIPTION OR. My name is Wes Lang and I'm the founder of Hiking in Japan. huts (http://www. resourceone.info).
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I recommend staying here for 5 days at minimum. Like I said above, you can spend weeks in Tokyo and barely scratch the surface, but it is an expensive city. Get the Odakyu express train 2x hours from Odakyu station to Odawara the base town of Hakone.
Hakone boasts stunning views of the iconic volcano Mount Fuji!
Next, take a train from Odakyu to Shinjuku yen , followed then by a highway bus to Matsumoto yen , which is famous for its old original 16th century castle Matsumoto, commonly known as Crow Castle.
Next, head to the Japanese Alps, which has some of the best skiing in the world!
The Alps offer hiking, canyoning, mountain biking, and kayaking in the summertime. Shirakawa and Takayama are next on the list. Shirakawa is a remote mountain town is also a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than years old. Takayama makes for a great day trip. Finally, head to Kyoto to finish up this amazing trip! The city upholds formal traditions like Kiseki dining with a Geisha. Hiroshima was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II, but has since been rebuilt.
My husband and I live in Nogata-shi. We just moved to Japan from Saipan. We love the out-doors and would like to go hiking as a weekend past-time. We are for all practical purposes-beginners. I was wondering- do you know of any sites in English that would help us to get started? I really appreciate this site…been looking around for info on Japan hiking- but most is in Japanese. I am having difficulty finding material in English regarding longer hikes of this nature.
Timing is likely spring to summer , and I have about weeks for the hike. Really looking for a nightly room, not tent camping. You have a couple of options here. The only problem would be when to go, as the mountains remain buried under meters of snow until at least late June. Another option would be to do part of the Tokai Nature trail, a km walk from Tokyo to Osaka. Here is the link: Another option would be to do a pilgrimage route in Kansai.
For example, you could walk from Yoshino to Kumano shrine via the Omine mountain range. Good luck with the planning and let me know if you have any other questions. We are from melbourne and although hiked around the world never attempted Japan till now. We are planning to do the kamikochi-yari-hotaka-kamikochi circuit starting oct 5th for 3 days.
I thought I saw bunks but in reading there was a mention of cramming together on the floor. Finally is there a more recommended hike of similar duration than this one for this time of year? The mountain will be busy during the autumn, but in October the majority of hikers head to Dakesawa to view the foliage.
Yari in early October. The hut is huge, though and never turns anyone away. The mountain huts provide futon to sleep on. Bring earplugs because Japanese people love snoring.
Meal times are usually set. Hi Wes, hoping you have some information regarding hikes around Tokyo. Last year in October I was able to make it out to Mitake-san and Otake-san. I would like to do something similar this year but it would be on December 4th. I do not shy away from cold temps and snow, but will not be prepared for alpine hiking.
Still, would rather get off the pavement and into the hills. Any suggestions for a day trip out of Tokyo? Do you want to do a day-trip?
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Kumotori is a fine choice, though a bit long for a day trip unless you catch a really early train. Elsewhere, you could climb Mt. Daibosatsu this time of year. Again, take an early train to Enzan station and a bus from there. The other option would be to do some hiking near Mt. Keep an eye on the weather between now and then and make a decision based on how you feel. Hi Wes! Thanks for the information. As it turned out I hiked Takao-san to Jimba-san on a fantastic day to be on the trail.
Have a trip report at http: Great website. I do a lot of bushwalking in Sydney, Australia. Have you done it? Would you recommend it? Is it going to be full of everyone who reads Lonely Planet? I guess my main reason for not writing it up on this site was that I got sidetracked and wanted to cover hiking trails not listed in Lonely Planet. From Sakai the closest hike would probably be the Kisen Alps.
Thank you for the wonderful information on this site! I had a very difficult time finding information for hikes until I expanded my Japanese vocabulary and spent many hours searching online. The Japanese website http: I combined it with information from Hiking in Japan to form my recent trek up Mt. Bandai last week. Again, thank you for your hard work and detailed descriptions. If you know of other hikes around the Koriyama area besides Bandai and Adatara also on my to-do list let me know!
Other hikes near Koriyama? Not sure. There are some peaks around Lake Inawashiro that may or may not have trails. Bandai with the colorful lakes. Azuma as well. There should be a Japanese guidebook in the bookstores specifically on Fukushima Prefecture,. Yama-to-keikoku has a series of guidebooks for every prefecture. Hi Wes, I wrote a short comment on the Kita-dake hike yesterday.
I actually arrived on your blog straight on that page. I took a bit more time today to go through more of the hikes you describe.
It is a fantastic source of info, thank you so much! I will eventually consider public transport for the Kita-dake hike as it sounds easy to manage. I am also interested by the Tsurugi-dake hike. And so 2 questions: Where exactly does it start Murodo? Thanks in advance! Thanks for the praise about the site and taking the time to comment. The hike starts at a place called Banbajima.
An alternative route would be to start at Murodo, go up and over Tsurugi, and then descend to Banbajima and hitchhike from there. You can also get good weather forecasts by watching the news on TV. You can also try calling the mountain huts directly and asking if they know what the weather will be like.
The weather is changeable in the Alps. Wes, Thank you for the web sites, I will get help from my Japanese colleagues in the office to read them.
Your alternative route for Tsurugi-dake sounds exciting as it seems you can consider doing it even on a busy week-end… Is reaching Banbajima from Tokyo by car a possible option? Leaving on a very early Saturday morning and returning Sunday afternoon?
And one more question please: Thanks Pascal. When are you planning on climbing? I went there in mid-July one year and the snowfields on Tsurugi were scary.
Their e-mail address is hayatsuki ma. Hi Wes, this is Pascal again. We just completed the Kita-dake hike, it was great although the clouds stayed in at the top so we could not see much… That was just at the top. Rest was just fine! I have another question about the Mt Kuro hike that you describe.
It basically does not tell how long the hike takes to complete, do you know? We want to do it as a day trip, and so want to make sure we get back on time to catch a bus back to Kawaguchiko then a train back to Tokyo. As far as Mt. Kuro goes, it should take between 4 and 6 hours, depending on your speed. I just came back from a fantastic ascent of Kita-dake, guided in part by this site. Here are some photos: Just wondering if you can provide any advice and if we can book any trekking with you???
The ideas that we could gather so far are: Onuma Park 2. Hachimantai 3. Nikko 4. Lake Towada and Oirase Stream 5. Daisetsuzan National Park: Urabandai 7. The area is pretty touristy, but you can rent bicycles from the train station and ride around the lake highly recommended.
The bike ride only takes a few hours. Not much hiking around here though. The crater is not accessible though. There will likely be snow on Hachimantai in late October, due to the relatively high elevation. You can always check with tourist information when you arrive, as the bus runs until early November. The autumn colors usually peak there in early to mid-November. There are some nice hikes in the Lake Chuzenji area. Late October is way too late to visit, as the colors reach their peak in early to mid-September.
This is another great option, as there are a number of good trails around the lakes behind Mt. Be aware that this area is relatively close to the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, which is still releasing radioactive cesium. Ryugatake on the shores of Lake Motosu. Highly recommended. If you find yourself in Kansai, then Kyoto is another great option. There are a couple of guiding companies scattered throughout Japan that may be able to offer their services.
First of all thanks, what an amazing website, hard work and passion shows up every line I read. I am from Mexico and I live in Sendai. Any ideas? Thanks a lot for your time. The best hike near Sendai is Mt. From there you can continue up and over Mt. Jizo to the top of the gondola, and take it down to Zao hot spring or just retrace your steps back to Katta-toge parking lot.
The other place to visit is Yamadera, which is a mountainside temple. Take the JR Senzan like from Sendai station. From there you can walk to the temple. Any specific hike recommended within the Nikko national park? Hi there. I am training for the Oxfam Trailwalker back in NZ in April and need some decent walks anything more than 10km for training. If you know of anything near Suzuka, Mie Prefecture I would really appreciate some help. You should definitely go to Mt.
The nearest station is Nishi-Fujiwara on the Kintetsu line. Get off there and head into the mountains. If you have experience in the snow, then you can walk along the ridge from Mt. Fujiwara over to Mt.
Gozaisho, then I recommend Mt. A nice long hike would be to climb Gozaisho, head along the ridge to Mt. Kama, and then back down the valley to Yunoyama hot spring. Thanks for the website and all the info. Forgive me if this has been covered elsewhere, but I was wondering if anybody has any info on off-trail hiking in Japan.
The National Park system here is completely different from the US. There are no park rangers and a lot of land is actually privately owned. The terrain is usually incredibly steep, with dangerous cliffs often buried in the undergrowth. Expect a spider web every few feet, as well as ticks, mosquitos, horseflies, and leeches. However, if going off-trail is your cup of tea, I would start local first.
If you do have an accident and need help then no one will come and save you. As far as hikes near Ogaki, Mt. Ryozen is a good choice though avoid the summer as there are too many leeches. Ibuki has great views but the parking lot and souvenir shops on the summit ruin the experience. There are plenty of peaks north of Ibuki Yokoyama, Nogo-hakusan, Arashima, etc.
Thanks for the reply — this is all really helpful info. Thanks for the help! Which part of Okinawa are you going to be? The Japan Alps will still be buried under meters and meters of snow in April.
Best to steer clear of them. You could climb a mountain with a view of the Japan Alps Mt. Ibuki near Nagoya for instance. The most popular day hike from Tokyo is Mt. Takao, but the crowds of people will really put you off.
The further north you head, the later they bloom. Are you an experienced hiker?
How about hiking in the snow? A lot of the better peaks will be snow-capped in April, so my recommendations will depend a lot on your experience and fitness level, as well as what kind of hiking you want to do valleys vs.
Anyway, I might try some of the hiking places you have mentioned. I am intending on visiting japan for the month of April next week. I was sad to read that the alps will be under snow…but then i could always learn to ski!!!
I am open to travel anywhere in the country. All the of the best multi-day treks are buried under meters and meters of snow. Hokkaido, Tohoku, and the Japan Alps are pretty much off limits.
Kuju is a great traverse. Start day 1 at Makinoto-toge, hike up and over Kuju and Naka-dake, then descend to Bogatsuru. The next day, climb Mt. Taisen and then descend to Choja-baru.
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Lonely Planet has a pretty good descrption of the route. If you want to do a 3 or 4 day trek, then head down to Yakushima and traverse across the entire island over Mt. Just found your very helpful site. We will only be equipped for day walks so ideally we will stay for a few days somewhere between as a base for several day walks. Any suggestions? We are middle-aged but fit and ready to walk hours a day. BTW, a small suggestion for your site.
You have a lot of options available. Kamikochi is a highly recommended place. Accomodation can get quite expensive if you stay in the hotels, but there is an affordable campsite where you can rent tents or stay in small cottages.
You can actually stay in the farmhouses for an affordable price yen with 2 meals. It starts at Tenri station and finishes at Sakurai station both on the Kintetsu line. Yes, I realize that not having maps on the site is a bit of a hindrance. I want to create my own basic maps of each region so you can get a better idea of where the hikes are positioned when you click on each region. Re maps, I realise detailed maps would be a major undertaking.
I was just thinking of a simple graphic indicator of which part of the country each walking region is in. Another way might be simply to arrange the list of regions into regional groups e.
Just a thought. Do you have any idea where I could find stuff like that? Any help would be really appreciated! Sorry for the late reply.
Can you read Japanese or have access to someone who can? I would suggest contacting the Japan Mountaineering Association. They might be able to help you find some answers. Fuji every year. Hiking is an immensely popular activity in Japan. Good luck in your search for data and let me know what you find. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge of Hiking in Japan with myself and others.
Your blog is a great resource. We will be hiking in Hokkaido from late June to late July, wilderness camping the majority of the time.
While the Lonely Planet hiking guide highlights certain risks, we need more local information to assess the significance of these risks. Japanese B encephalitis: Expected weather: Water in towns is completely safe to drink. Cases of encephalitis are rare. Horseflies are rampant during August, but July should be manageable. The climate is the same as Canada, so bring a jacket, fleece, and down jacket. My husband has done a lot of camping in the USA and Canada and there they never cook at the place they camp, they hang their food high in trees, sleep in clean clothing etc.
Some places have storage platforms or boxes for food. What do people do in Hokkaido when they are wilderness camping away from huts? If you climb Mt. Rausu then they have bear boxes at Rausu-daira campsite. Shiretoko peninsula has the highest concentration of bears, so camping is not advised. A friend of mine camped there illegally and his tent was surrounded by bears the entire night.
Funny thing though.
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Most keep it in their tents to prevent other animals raccoon dogs, foxes, mice from getting into it. My feeling is that the foxes will be more of a problem in Hokkaido than the bears! Many thanks again. Only two sleeps to go til we hit Hokkaido.
Will post to your blog if we do or see anything unusual. Regards, Michelle. Do you know how the weather in the Southern Alps compares in early July now and early-mid September? I wanted to attempt the Shirane-sanzan, but it looks like my timing in Japan is a little off: I will leave Japan at the end of this week and be back early-mid September. Looking at the forecasts, it looks like the weather is only so-so in the earlier part of this week with some showers and some sunshine.
Is September usually better or worse? Then again, the pictures taken from the Southern Alps in September that I have seen all seem quite okay. The weather will be about the same temperature-wise, but in September you need to watch out for typhoons, which sweep through Honshu regularly. Any recs. Scroll down and you will find it. Hi, Such a good and informative site here.
I have a few question to ask too. I will be travelling to japan tokyo this year frm Nov 11 to Objective are to do some snow alpine trekking till summit. These are the 2 mountains i have mind. Can u please advise which one is the safest to hike during that period of time? Plus is it gonna be snowing? Thanks,hope u will help me here. November weather is difficult to predict.
Some years mid-November is completely snowed in while other years the Japan Alps have very little snow. Yatsugatake is a much safer mountain. The huts are open all year and lots of people do winter trekking.
Yarigatake hut closes on November 3rd and Kamikochi closes shortly after that, so the only approach to Yari is via Shin-hotaka hot spring.
Hi Wes, Thanks for the info. Guess i will wait till october then for the latest weather update. FIrst, thanks so much for such a wonderful site! From Tokyo, we wanted to stop somewhere in the Alps for around days to see some small alps towns and get some hard trekking in. Do you have any input for any decent routes that will be passable in mid-may? Would you advise purchasing a rail pass for the period cost reason? Alternatively, there is an overnight bus from Tokyo to Murodo with the Alpico Group but LP guide suggests that the buses only operates from July to Aug.
Do you have other suggestions for alternative bookings? You can inquire about buses at the tourist information center or any travel agency for that matter. Hello, My girlfriend and I are planning a holiday in Japan and particularly the Alps.
Which quiet hikes would you recommend us to do? Which part of the Alps? Also, is there a possibility to pitch our tent in the Alps? I hope you get this message and you can help us. Thank you for the wonderful site: We like the latter option but are having trouble finding huts for this walk on the internet and quite a few of the links written in the book now seem to be dead. Here is one site that we have subsequently found that looks promising for finding huts http: Can you please let us know if we are interpreting this correctly i.
If not, can you suggest another 3 to day walk or 2 x two days walks in the area. We are planning to drive to Osaka in mid December and are wondering where would be a good place to base ourselves to do a couple of day hikes in the region. Also, we have read about the Kumano Kodo trail but it sounds as if most people go from point A to point B and then point C, without coming back to A. But as we are a family of 5 3 children aged 21, 18 and 14 and would be carrying baggage for two weeks with us, we are hoping to base ourselves in just one place and do parts of the Kumano Trail.
Would you be able to advice us as to where would be a good place to base ourselves? Will the waterfalls look nice if I came for a 2 week trip in April?
Do you know of any websites or anyone that has done the hike? My friend Ted has done the Kansai section and put some information on his blog. From his information, the route is easy to follow in the mountains but the sections through the villages along the way are not well sign-posted.
Thank you for this fantastic Site, and offering all this information. I have a question and it has mainly to do with bears. Do you know how the food storage is managed? As far as your question goes, you can safely store your food inside of your tent. The Japan Alps are above the tree line anyway and there would be no place to hang it.
If you did hang it in trees then monkeys would take your food anyway. This is perfect thank you so much. When you camp below the tree line you would do the same?
Yes Sarah. If you hang it monkeys will take it, and if you store it out in the open then the wild boars will tear it apart. I am thinking of doing the hike Japan Alps from south to north in September Could you please give me some hints on maps which I could order to cover all area I am going to go through? I spend few days looking for proper maps but everything is in Japan. Unfortunately, you can only order the Japanese maps through the Amazon Japan website.
Not sure why it is like this to be honest, as on Amazon Japan we can order things from most other countries. The only way around this is to either buy the maps when you arrive in Japan available at any bookstore , or get someone to buy the maps for you in Japan and send them to you. Also, Ontake is currently off limits as there was a big eruption there last fall. September is also typhoon season, so be prepared for some rainy weather when the storms move through. First of all, which month is the best for trekking in this part of the Japan in your opinion?
I thought previously about June, but I cannot leave Poland during this period of time. Taking into account information from this guidebook I should buy maps starting from south nos. Maybe I could find some general map on which all Tama-to-Kogen maps are shown with areas which ther cover? I really impressed of your hard work with this page. I think that for many trekkers I was trying to find anything for few days it is only possibility to learn anything about trekking in Japan.
June can be a good month before the rain season starts in mid-June. The Alps do get a lot of snow, however, so you would need to be prepared for some snow at that time. You can get 4 of 5 days in a row with great weather in September. August usually has more rain and fog in the Alps than September, so you should be fine. If you want to save some money, there is a Yama To Kogen map that covers all of the Japan Alps and Yatsugatake as well.
The map number is 33 and this is what it looks like. Not ones lounging in a pool, but out in the wilderness. Is there anywhere in particular that is recommended, somewhere that has a hostel nearby? Kamikochi is a great place to see wild monkeys. I have hiked a lot, but never in Japan.
I am going to visit Japan next year to hike. My friends are just in Tokyo and it is opprotunity to buy some maps for me. Any big bookshop will have them. Tell your friends to go to main Kinokuniya bookstore in Shinjuku, or any Junkudo, or Maruzen shops.
There is so much fantastic information here and from the HIJ Facebook pages too so many, many thanks. And yes its in Japanese but that beats NO map ;-. I plan my first Japan trip this July. The island of Iriomote is in my plans late July. Before that I plan to climb Fuji and after that I am still undecided.
Mount Yari is a possibility. But now to my Iriomote questions —. Both tell me July is simply too hot and humid for this traverse. For this reason guided tours are not offered, and they strongly advise me against going into the jungle on my own in these conditions I would not be alone, but with my girlfriend, still I was thinking about going without a guide. Do you have an opinion on this? Also, can you tell what kind of transport options exist on Iriomote after last local bus ends their daily schedule which is somewhere around 5pm.
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In example, what chances would I have to get from Ohara to Uehara where I will be staying in the evening? Could I get a taxi? Should I rent a scooter? I was on Iriomote last month. The local advice then as well was against the traverse, for the same reasons you give. She was a seasoned traveler, however. I was told that the only taxis on the island are in Ohara.
Unsure why you need to travel from Ohara to Uehara after 5pm, I wondered if you were planning on taking the ferry to Ohara. If so, you may want to take it directly to Uehara. Plus I am curious in general if on any given day I am not within walking distance of Uehara after 5pm what options do I have to drive there. Hitchhiking is also a possiblity, thanks for mentioning. You can also rent bicycles in Uehara at the petrol station across from Kanpira-so.
Thank you for this useful website. Me and my boyfriend are planning to do some hiking in Hokkaido at the end of June and the beginning of August. The ideal would be 2 week long hike, preferably off-trail. I found some of your advice and info about off-trail hikes. We have experience of hiking off-trail in Finland, but as I understood, it is different in Japan with the regulations etc.
But is it still doable? Can we find proper maps of the terrain and where about in Hokkaido this could be done? If hiking on trails, what would be your suggestion for a long hike, with as much solitude as possible?
Are you going to stay in the huts? They have futon, bedding, and blankets and provide meals as well A pair of earplugs is useful, however, as a lot of Japanese people snore. We will be in Sendai for about 5 days in mid-August. We are avid hikers who have hiked much of the west and northeast of the US and are looking for day hikes in the Sendai region. You seem to have the incredible knowledge regarding hiking in Japan. Might you have any recommendations.
Thanks, Jason. The closest mountain to Sendai is Mt. Zao, on the border of Miyagi and Yamagata Prefectures. You could combine this with a morning trip to Yamadera, which is only one stop further on the same line.
Omoroshio but it looks pretty interesting and there is no shortage of trails from the station. My map says about 2 hours from Omoshiro Kogen station to the summit of Mt. Omoshiro meters high. The tourist information center should have some information about the mountain.
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Much appreciation from a salaryman in Kyoto contemplating how to beat the heat for the next month, and all subsequent summers in Japan…. No worries Chris. Fuji , so just wanted to share my knowledge. Hi there! I have 15days in Japan. The first 4days will be with friends in Tokyo. Then I would like to spend the rest hiking ,and pitching my small tent. I dont mind hard walking,mainly looking for the sights.
Did northern Camino d santiago.. From Australia. The Japan Alps are a must-do. From there you can do a loop and climb Mt. Yari and Oku-hotaka. Bring warm clothes though, because it can reach zero degrees at night. Hi Sean — when are you going? I want to do a hiking trip myself to japan from around Oct 26th through Nov 9th. What a wonderful site you have set up here. I will be landing in Tokyo on the 1st of Dec and am looking for some nice day and multi day hikes to do.
I understand it will be winter too. I do have a single person , tent, appropriate clothing, stove etc. Are there any trails that stand out to you? I am easy to go anywhere in Japan. Many thanks for checking out my site. Plenty of people love hiking here, but few put in the time to actually blog about it. December is a great time to explore Japan and to do some walks. You should definitely head to the Mt. Fuji area, as winter offers the best place to view the iconic cone.
Fuji hikes section. Okushirane as well. You could also attempt Okushirane depending on your experience though you would need crampons.Edited: pm, April 16, Report inappropriate content. Upcoming SlideShare. Re: 2 Weeks Japan Itinerary, Hiking questions 4 years ago Save OP, are you saying you want to come in the alps at the end of this month, coinciding with the commencement of Golden Week? In the afternoon, we will travel to the Benten Island in the Lake Nojiri, which we can't land without a boat.
How about you? The first thirty minutes are steep and some parts of the path are carved between giant rocks with an uneven surface.
Hashikamidake, which is known for its Rhododendron kaempferi and spring water. The trail can be reversed and onsen enjoyed in Ohara as well.